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gtflrirultal. A farmer at Preston has been fined £ 5, and costs, for not giving notice to the police that he had a number of sheep infested with the scab disease. FARMERS' HORSES.—Hitherto a farmer keeping horses for husbandry was at liberty to use them occasionally for other pur- poses without becoming liable to duty, but under the new Act this privilege is abolished. A letter from the Board of Inland Revenue, in answer to the question, Whether a farmer keeping horses for the purposes of husbandry could use them occasionally for drawing materials for the repair of the highways without becoming liable for licence duty," says, The exemption from licence duty in the case of a farmer's horses extends only to such horses as are used solely for the purposes of husbandry.Cham- ber of Agriculture Journal. A Cow ATTACKED WITH HYDROPHOBIA.—A few days ago, a cow belonging to Mr William Shackleton, farmer, Alcomden, near Hebden Bridge, appeared to be suffering from some strange disorder; a veterinary surgeon was called in to ex- a"uJ1? J! animal, and pronounced it to be a case of hydro- phobia. Previous to its death the animal became very violent, and showed all the signs exhibited by human beings in that state. Some time ago a strange dog was prowling about the farmstead, and bit the farmer's dog, but it was immediately destroyed. It is thought the cow was bittten at that time, but until recently it did not show any signs of madness. During the past few months many cases of this kind have occurred in the same neighourhood. Dogs, pigs, cats, cows, horses have been attacked, destroyed, or died from the effects of hydrophobia. Several human beings have been bitten, and last week a man died from the effects.- Leeds Mercury. GORSE HEDGES furnish a valuable supply of green food for milch cows and other stock. They are cut with a short scythe, or bagging-hook, as when gorse is grown on the flat, or with a hedgebill, or shears and care should be taken in the cutting to preserve both the health of the plants and form of the hedge, otherwise gaps will be produced by the injured parts ceasing to defend cattle. They are only adapted for the poorer class of ferruginous soils, where other kinds of hedges will not grow, and on such they should be more extensively grown than they artVi t naiTOW mound, faced at the bottom with a rough stone wall, from one foot to two feet high on both sides, makes the best foundation. Sow next month in our southern provinces, and in March and April in our northern. Gorse fences are also sown in poor sheep pastures, both for food and shelter, and the ground may be prepared for seed just now, by gathering up three or four furrows into a narrow ridge by a common plough. Or, if the ground is too rough—unlevel and stony—for the plough, the work may be done by simply breaking the sur- face with a pick and spade, so as to form narrow seed beds, at intervals of 20, 50, or 100 yards asunder, or just as the flock- master sees fit to provide food and shelter for his flock. We have converted a very poor stunted heath of several hundred acres into a fine sheep-walk by such means.- Agricultural Gazette.


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